IAFOR Literature Conferences

Posted: December 24, 2015
Category: Specialist Area: Literature


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Literature is at the heart of the IAFOR conference programme, and as well as events dedicated to literature, literature streams run throughout our arts and cultural studies events as well.

Since 2009 the organisation has welcomed prominent authors, poets, literary critics and scholars to give speeches, discuss works, and hold workshops. We also organise the annual IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award, which has become one of the world’s most prestigious open competitions in haiku poetry.

Our literature programme is developed in partnership with such universities as Monash, Barcelona, Moscow State, Birkbeck, London, Lehigh, Northwestern, Indonesia, Waseda, and Tokyo, and is intellectually rigorous and stimulating. Whether in the UK or Japan, Spain or the United States, we ensure that there is a rich cultural programme that takes advantage of its location, in particular of its literary connections and history.

We look forward to welcoming you to a friendly conference environment that helps nurture young academics, as well as inspire more seasoned professionals, and that encourages research collaborations across barriers of nation, culture and discipline.


Upcoming Literature Conferences


1 Conferences Available

The Asian Conference on Literature 2017

Dates: March 30 - April 2, 2017
Location: Kobe, Japan

- Visit conference site
- Register
- Submit a paper

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Research & Publications Associated with Literature Conferences


The following internationally peer-reviewed open-access journals are published by IAFOR:

Conference Proceedings

IAFOR Conference Proceedings are open access research repositories which include the final papers of research presented at our conferences (submitted before the final paper deadline).


THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences.



Interdisciplinary Conferences with Literature Streams




Previous Speakers at IAFOR Literature Conferences



[Left to right] Akito Arima, renowned scientist and poet, former Minister of Education and current President of the Haiku International Association; Regenia Gagnier, eminent literary and cultural critic and Professor at the University of Exeter; Ambassador Drago Stambuk, diplomat and poet with Kazuko Shiraishi, the Grande Dame of Japanese letters; A. Robert Lee, author, critic and broadcaster; Donald E. Hall, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University and literary critic.


[Left to right] Bill Ashcroft, founding exponent of what has come to be known as “post-colonial studies” and author of “The Empire Writes Back”; Svetlana Ter Minasova, author and founding President of Moscow State University’s Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies; Bashabi Fraser; Anglo-Indian poet, and Tagore expert; Emiko Miyashita, prominent Haiku poet and Director of the JAL Foundation; Lars Vargo, Swedish diplomat and haiku poet; Gloria Montero, one of Spain’s leading writers and playwrights, and author of the award-winning play,”Frida K”.



Literature Video Highlights



IAFOR is committed to disseminating as much as possible of its presentations, interviews and original output, produced by and for the organisation, online, and available for all for free.



Events Associated with Literature


The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award is an open competition for previously unpublished haiku written in the English language. The award is for haiku regardless of whether in the traditional or modern style; it transcends haiku divisions and is based only on literary merit.

The award was founded and is judged by H.E. Dr. Drago Štambuk, Croatian Ambassador to Japan (2005-2010), currently in Brazil, and Dr. Joseph Haldane, President of The International Academic Forum (IAFOR). The award is organised by IAFOR and The Asian Conference on Literature (LibrAsia), with the kind support of the Haiku International Association (HIA) and the World Haiku Association (WHA). Annual Winners are announced at The Asian Conference on Literature, Librarianship and Archival Science.

As part of IAFOR’s educational mission we are prioritising documentary photography and filmmaking as uniquely powerful mediums to help inform and educate in ways that are very different and yet complementary to academic studies as forms of advocacy and activism.

The organisation runs both a documentary photography and a documentary film award, as well as an associated film festival in partnership with the Medill School of Journalism and the University of the Arts London.

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